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Dealing with workplace manipulation: Identify the signs, spot dark personality traits, and communicate more effectively 

Workplace manipulation happens when a supervisor or coworker uses guilt, shame, coercion, or other tactics to exploit another member of the team.  If your boss is a workplace manipulator, watch out for traits and behavioral qualities that indicate they might have dark personality traits.  Dark personality traits (narcissism, machiavellianism, psychopathy)…

Signs of an introverted narcissist: How to spot their subtle tactics of manipulation

Narcissists are often assumed to be braggadocious, extroverted individuals that are always the center of attention.  Introverted narcissists use what’s known as covert psychological behaviors that can mask their true intentions. Because of this, their manipulation tactics can be harder to spot.  Some of the signs of an introverted narcissist…

Learn the signs of digital consumer manipulation and be a smarter online shopper

It’s not always obvious when our cognitive biases are being manipulated by digital marketers and neuromarketing experts. Retail websites use a variety of psychological tactics to persuade consumers to buy their products. Occasionally these tactics stray into manipulative territory, for example when websites use dark patterns, greenwashing, and price discrimination. …

How to protect yourself from mind control techniques and cult recruitment (it’s not as far-fetched as you think)

Brainwashing is an outdated psychological concept, but narcissistic cult leaders can still exercise extreme influence over smart, sane, “regular” people.  You can protect yourself from cultic mind control techniques by learning the warning signs and asking the right questions.  Destructive cults use love-bombing, isolation, and phobia indoctrination to overwhelm cognition. …

Are my friends gaslighting me?

It’s hard to believe, but our closest friends are capable of manipulating us in ways we’d prefer not to imagine. One very dangerous form of this manipulation is gaslighting: or manipulating someone using psychological means into questioning what they know to be true. In close relationships, gaslighting involves shaming someone…

What are gaslighting techniques? These master manipulators undermine, contradict, and disorient their victims

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and abuse used to gain control over one’s victim. It’s often difficult to spot gaslighting, as these manipulators make their victims question their own sanity. Gaslighters are domineering but work to present themselves as kind, generous, intelligent, and trustworthy. These manipulators use subtlety to…

Are my parents gaslighting me? Here’s what to do if your parents are manipulative and making you feel self-conscious, anxious

Parents can and do gaslight their children, or manipulate them to question their sanity and cause them to doubt their own judgment and memory. Oftentimes, parents who engage in gaslighting have narcissistic personality traits and/or suffer with alcohol/drug abuse. Parents may outright lie to their children, discredit their thoughts, cause…

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